“Are you walking the dog, or is the dog walking you?”
I used to have a yoga teacher that would often ask us that question in class. Of course, he was really asking how our mind management was going.
Asking myself that question usually makes me laugh at myself a little, and then get back on track if I am getting into negative thought patterns or nasty self-talk.
What comes up?
There are lots of different ways to approach this topic, but I am going to try to break it down just like I would for myself (self-coaching) or with a life coaching client.
Mind management means that we are managing our thought patterns consciously, feeling our feelings, and working on re-training any old thought patterns that no longer serve us.
Our thoughts create our feelings, which drive our actions (or lack thereof.) Those actions determine our results, or next set of circumstances.
If we break that down a little or make it really practical, it is when we attach a thought or determination to anything that usually leads us into how we feel. For example, if I am back in that yoga class and I am finding balancing on one foot challenging that day I have a myriad of thoughts that could come along.
Do I unconsciously let the negative lead me into a nasty place I don’t want to be?
Do I get curious and/or kind with myself?
Do I find a way to be neutral if I can’t get to positive?
Do you see how this approach can be applied to most areas of our lives?
I suggest trying to be aware of your thought choices and their effects for a few days. You may even want to journal or take some quick notes about what you are noticing.
It can be really eye opening and life changing.
Do you feel like you need some help with your mind management, thought patterns, and self talk?
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I offer everyone a free introductory life coaching session. It gives you a feel for what the process is like and if we might be a good fit.
Classes start on Monday 9/10!
Registration opens 8/13 for residents and 8/20 for non-residents.
5:30-6:30pm Intro to Pilates 9/10-12/10/18 #58571 $70
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6:30-7:30pm Pilates & Stretch 9/10-12/10 #58570 $70
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What is it and how can it help you?
Reiki is an incredibly simple yet powerful method that can enhance your life in many ways.
According to the International Center for Reiki Training, “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”
To read the full overview of Reiki from this source, please click here.
Here are just a few possible benefits:
You can get a Reiki session from a practitioner and/or learn how to perform Reiki on yourself.
It isn’t a religion, and is very accessible even if you’re not familiar with or a believer in energy work.
Although you may feel skeptical, I whole heartedly encourage you to remain open minded and give it a try!
I was regularly practiced reiki many years ago when I was working as a massage therapist, but it somehow disappeared from my life as I was focused other things. I recently revisited and re-certified in this technique. I continue to be amazed by the subtle effects in my life and body as well as the massive improvement in my ability to meditate.
Want to learn more or try it?
Contact me and we can go from there!
Saturday September 29th 1-3pm
(please arrive 10-15 mins early to get checked in)
Spirit of Yoga
1420 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
(parking details will be included in your confirmation email)
Your pelvic floor health and fitness can (negatively or positively) affect efficient core activation, continence, sexual health, recovering from pregnancy, and more.
We will explore a general idea of relevant anatomical landmarks without getting too mired up in the details.
With that information in mind, we will explore and create successful ways for you to engage your pelvic floor. (which will increase the efficacy and results of your exercises)
Once you get the hang of that, we will start developing and enhancing the coordination of your pelvic floor, core, and breathing.
You will learn specific exercises to work on at home, and these new skills will translate easily into many everyday movements. (click here for more info on Pfilates)
Men and women are welcome!
This workshop is open to a variety of fitness levels, but please make sure that you can get up & down off the floor unassisted.
Registration is capped at 20 participants to allow for individualized attention.
$65 early bird-registration until September 1st, 2018.
$75 September 2nd- September 28th
$80 at the door
Register now to guarantee your spot! (click here)
What you get:
-2 hour workshop.
- A coreageous ball that you will use in the workshop and take home with you to allow for continuity in your practice.
- Access to online videos to supplement and support you after the workshop.
- Access to an online forum for workshop participants where you can interact with other people to share your experiences, post results, motivate each other, and ask Pippa questions directly!
How to register:
Click on this link.
Once you register, please keep an eye out for a confirmation email with some helpful details.
Hope to see you there!
In addition to the set or choreographed exercises and equipment, Joe had a whole set of principles that sum up the underlying philosophy or motivation behind his technique. Check them out below....
JOE'S 3 MAJOR PRINCIPLES
Whole Body Health
Whole Body Commitment
THE PILATES PRINCIPLES
Balanced Muscle Development
Does it help make some sense out of what Pilates is about?
Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
If you are interested in trying some private lessons or need some guidance on cultivating a way to have Pilates in your life, click here to contact me directly.
Pilates, originally called “Contrology,” is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates that strengthens, stretches, tones, and improves posture.
Who was Joseph H. Pilates?
Joe was born in 1880 in Germany to a Greek father, a world-class athlete, and a German mother, a naturopath. Joe was a sickly child. He had asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. This is why his exercise system does not stress the heart or lungs. He was “put outdoors” to heal and became an exercise enthusiast practicing many forms including Yoga, boxing and gymnastics. His mother was his first client. She developed a limp when he was about 10 years old and he rehabilitated her.
When World War I began Joe became interned as an enemy alien in England. He worked with the patients to rehabilitate injuries and promote overall health. Joe modified the hospital beds and developed a system using bedsprings as resistance to help bedridden patients. This later became the trapeze table and reformer. The men in Joe’s dorm did the mat work exercises every evening. During the outbreak of Spanish Influenza in 1918, 20 million people died. No one under Joe’s care died!
Joe immigrated to the United States in 1926, which was a time of peace in between World War 1 and World War 2. Joe met Clara, a nurse and his future wife, on the boat to the US. They settled in New York City and opened their exercise studio on 8th Avenue. George Balanchine’s studio was in the same building. This exposed Joe’s work to the dance community, especially it’s success in rehabilitating injured dancers and allowing them to perform fully again. Besides working with dancers, the general public also began to benefit from the Pilates method to strengthen, stretch and balance the body.
Joe taught up until his death in 1968. He continued to create and build more apparatus that expanded his system and it’s effectiveness. Joe and Clara also trained many of his students to teach the Pilates system. His book, Return to Life, is still relevant and is a core text in any Pilates teacher training program. The Pilates method continues to inform and influence the fitness and wellness industry.
Did you find this interesting?
Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
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So- I often get asked what kind of Pilates is “the best.”
As you can imagine, there are lots of differing opinions out there.
Mine happens to be that “the best” kind of Pilates is the kind that you can do safely, pain-free, and consistently. If it also feels awesome and is fun or you are encouraged by your progress, then I endorse it even more fully!
I have summarized some of the pros and cons below based upon my training, experience, and professional opinion. If you have some thoughts you’d like to share below in the comments, I’d love to see them!
Overall Benefits of Pilates
The list goes on and on, but those are some of the highlights.
Benefits of Private Lessons:
Benefits of Group Classes:
Benefits of Videos:
Benefits of Mixing the Modalities:
What works for you?
Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
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It seems like it should be so simple and easy. Right?
But, most of us struggle to really get the hang of healthy, effective breathing mechanics. There are so many different ways to do it and cue it, it can get really confusing.
This is an image that I find very helpful. You see the person inhaling and exhaling. The trampoline represents the pelvic floor, where our core originates, and the bell is the ribcage.
In Pilates, we want to find some synchronicity or coordination between our breathing and our core activation. The idea of the diaphragm drawing down towards the floor as we inhale, then drawing up towards the sky as we exhale can facilitate activation of the pelvic floor and internal lift. It can also help us steer clear of unnecessary neck and shoulder tension.
Want more help with this?
Check out these videos…click here
Now that we are fully in summer mode, let's talk sunscreen. There's a lot of conflicting information about sunscreen as well as sun exposure out there. No matter who you trust, or what you believe - you probably want to avoid a sunburn.
Here is the link to the Environmental Working Group's 2018 Guide to Sunscreens. (click here)
It is free. In addition to their guide, they have some helpful tips as well as useful search tools.
Do you feel good about the sunscreen you use? Last year, I used their list to try a few brands for my trip to Hawaii. Even though I live in AZ, I'm pretty pale, burn easily, and have very sensitive skin. I found some great products, I especially liked those by Goddess Garden. Luckily, I timed it right and got them during the 25% off sale at Sprouts.
Do you have a favorite sunscreen? Feel free to share below!
I became a Pfilates certified instructor in April 2018. I really love the concepts and the results they are giving my clients and myself! I have been using the Pfilates repertoire as well as applying the principles to many other exercises in my group classes and private lessons.
I’m getting awesome feedback and look forward to exploring new ways to share and integrate the work.
What is Pfilates?
The Pfilates program was created by Dr Bruce Crawford to provide a more effective alternative to current options for pelvic floor conditioning. Like any other fitness program, success relies upon consistency and ongoing attention.
How can it help me?
Dr. Crawford asserts that bladder control is a fitness issue. His respected research and documented results prove the success of this method. Check out his website by clicking here.
Are you experiencing incontinence, increased frequency, or urgency to urinate? Do you feel like you’d like to get up fewer times at night to urinate? Do you find yourself constantly making sure you know where the restrooms are? Do you want some help, but feel like these symptoms are just part of aging or you’re too embarrassed to ask? Have you tried other methods and been left disappointed or frustrated?
What are the statistics for improvement? There has been a documented 74% improvement in subjective bladder symptoms (urgency, frequency, incontinence) within a 4-6 week period.
Once you get the coordination and awareness to effectively & efficiently recruit your pelvic floor and the appropriate co-contractors, it can improve your overall fitness level. Many of my students have been responding very positively and feeling like they are getting more bang for their buck in their workouts. Our sessions or classes seem more intense, and they are experiencing obvious gains in their strength, balance, and coordination.
What are the benefits of doing Pfilates focused private lessons with Pippa?
We will assess your beginning point and strategize your plan. There are many options, it is simply a matter of deciding what will work best for you.
- You could start taking private Pilates sessions with me where we integrate the Pfilates work into each session in order to review, fine tune, and adapt your home practice as needed. You’ll receive consistent feedback, encouragement, and opportunities to ask questions.
- You could also come in once at the beginning of your program. You would receive specialized cueing, pick the 3 Pfilates exercises for your daily practice, and create some accountability measures to ensure your success. You would then work on your daily practice for few weeks on your own, and we'd re-check and adjust as needed every 4-6 weeks.
- You could buy the official Pfilates kit with helpful tools & resources, or simply add exercises as a daily practice and track symptoms or improvement on your own. (click here)
Want to try it?
Contact me (click here)
Check out the official Pfilates site (click here)